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    Post Fog-bound Venice is Trieste's gain

    Venice was smothered by fog a few days ago, so all four cruise ships due to visit were diverted to nearby Trieste instead

    It turned out to be the busiest 24 hours the Italian port has ever experienced -- more than 16,000 passengers descended from Cunard’s Queen Victoria and ships from Costa Crociere and MSC.

    Of course, Trieste was only too happy to trade on Venice’s misfortune to boost its own cruise credentials, describing the sudden rush of demand as a vital test of its ability to handle multiple cruise ships and large numbers of passengers at short notice.

    Under the circumstances, it performed relatively well. At the same time, local press reports suggested that arrivals caused serious problems at the berth and in the surrounding inner-city streets, and demonstrated how much work remained to be done before Trieste would be capable of handling simultaneous cruise calls.

    The arrival of those four vessels comes at a time when hope is rising that Trieste can build a genuine cruise presence. A new consortium – including Costa Crociere - is in charge at the cruise terminal, investment is now going into expansion and modernisation of the facility, and local politicians are reaching out to Trieste’s old commercial heartland in Austria and across Central Europe to renew old relationships and trading ties.

    At the same time, the weekend also points up Trieste’s major weakness as much as its strength: the very proximity to Venice that delivered these four ships also means that Venice will always be the major draw.

    Have you ever been to Trieste? How would you rate it as a cruise destination?



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    I was on the diverted QV and what I saw of Trieste from the coach window on the way to Marco Polo airport it looked quite an interesting place. Just such a shame we misses Venice. We would have had time to go into Venice whilst waiting for our delayed flight if Cunard had bothered to keep us informed of the situation


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    We have cruised into Trieste in the past on Thomson Emerald...it was a Sunday so most of the shops were shut...but it has some lovely architecture...there did seem to be plenty of shops and at least one department store we noticed.....there were also several expensive looking motor yachts berthed there so there must be some attractions !!!
    We didn't do any organised excursions but there were some to Postumia Caves over the border in Slovenia, Maximillian's Miramare Castle, Roman Forum and Theatre, and a trip to Ljubljana (capital of Slovenia) there was also a wine tasting at a village called Aquileia......so there seem to be some quite interesting opportunities for excursions there, and we berthed right in town...not quite as mad, as other Italian ports, with the driving !!!


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    Trieste as an alternative to Venice for cruise ships.

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    Venice was smothered by fog a few days ago, so all four cruise ships due to visit were diverted to nearby Trieste instead

    It turned out to be the busiest 24 hours the Italian port has ever experienced -- more than 16,000 passengers descended from Cunard’s Queen Victoria and ships from Costa Crociere and MSC.

    Of course, Trieste was only too happy to trade on Venice’s misfortune to boost its own cruise credentials, describing the sudden rush of demand as a vital test of its ability to handle multiple cruise ships and large numbers of passengers at short notice.

    Under the circumstances, it performed relatively well. At the same time, local press reports suggested that arrivals caused serious problems at the berth and in the surrounding inner-city streets, and demonstrated how much work remained to be done before Trieste would be capable of handling simultaneous cruise calls.

    The arrival of those four vessels comes at a time when hope is rising that Trieste can build a genuine cruise presence. A new consortium – including Costa Crociere - is in charge at the cruise terminal, investment is now going into expansion and modernisation of the facility, and local politicians are reaching out to Trieste’s old commercial heartland in Austria and across Central Europe to renew old relationships and trading ties.

    At the same time, the weekend also points up Trieste’s major weakness as much as its strength: the very proximity to Venice that delivered these four ships also means that Venice will always be the major draw.

    Have you ever been to Trieste? How would you rate it as a cruise destination?

    While Trieste is a delightful town it could never replace Venice as it is completely lacking the 'Wow' factor that Venice presents to the world. Trieste has a chequered history, mostly due to the fact that it borders onto the former Yugoslavia and both countries claimed it as theirs for odd periods of history. The people are very friendly and helpful, often stopping in the street to ask if you need help if you are looking at a map or just looking lost. It is certainly worth a visit. The good vibes one picks up while walking around keeps you in a very up-beat mood, relaxed and very 'safe' - not often found in busy ports. One thing I found very amusing, in the cathedral of San Giusto, (the city's patron saint) that sits up on high, overlooking the town; It seemed rather short of confessionals and a garden shed had been installed for that very purpose! It did rather spoil the effect of any chance of sanctity. They hadn't even bothered to varnish or paint it and I noticed something hanging down that looked suspiciously like a price tag......oh dear.

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     Scotjune, Paisley is offline First Mate Member
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    Somewhere new - excellent! Hope Trieste flourishes as a cruise Port.


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     hardwickpo, clayton-le-moors is offline Deck Hand Member
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    I lived there years ago. Trieste is an interesting town, but hardly a substitute for Venice I would have been very disappointed had this happened to me
    Am leaving from Venice next week, no fog I hope.


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     morris, st. columb is offline Petty Officer Member
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    I don't think it could be a subsitute for Venice....we went in addition to Venice, the day before.....nice to see a 'new' port !!


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     hardwickpo, clayton-le-moors is offline Deck Hand Member
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    I am sorry, I must have miss read the comment. It sounded like Trieste had been substituted due to the fog.


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    We were in Venice on board Azamara Quest on the Thursday and Friday , due to leave at 5pm. The pilot was very anxious for us to leave on time as fog was coming . Once we passed St Mark's Square the fog became very bad and the port closed 15 minutes later.Next day we arrived in Ravenna in zero visibility and were told that Venice stayed closed all day (Saturday)


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    We were in Venice on board Azamara Quest on the Thursday and Friday , due to leave at 5pm. The pilot was very anxious for us to leave on time as fog was coming . Once we passed St Mark's Square the fog became very bad and the port closed 15 minutes later.Next day we arrived in Ravenna in zero visibility and were told that Venice stayed closed all day (Saturday)
    Neil- welcome to the site!
    It sounds as though you had a lucky escape, although I could imagine worse places to be fog bound (Safaga port in Egypt springs to mind...) Hope your cruise was a good one-
    Jo.


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